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Am I Not an American

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Am I Not an American

Am I not An American?

I listen to the news
I hear all the political views
The analysts give numbers and statistics
This is all really, quite fantastic
They don’t even ask me
I don’t matter personally
I am just a statistic it seems
Insignificant in the larger scheme
I just don’t understand
Why do I live in this land?

Am I not an American?

We’re sixty five years behind the times
Our healtcare in the naiton is a crime
People die because insurance they cannot buy 
Just as the politicians why
The have all kinds of excuses
To then you and I are useless
Unless of course they want our vote
Then suddenly we are in the same boat
Why do I live in the land?
I just don’t understand

Am I not an American?

The Supreme Court said Healthcare was constitutional
But politicians are just too damn institutional
Why should they get healthcare free?
It’s a conspiracy, don’t you see
It’s that that they’re against the law
Therein lies the Congressional flaw
The institution of politics
Play cheap partisan tricks
Why am I in this land?
I just don’t understand

Am I not an American?

It won’t matter when we die
They’ll just get a vote from some other guy
Why should they care?
It just isn’t fair
Why do I live in this land?
I just don’t understand

Am I not an American?

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  1. Date: 9/10/2012 11:09:00 AM
    Thank you for this! You are not alone in your ponder! I am too born an American, but do not see love in the people who run the country, nor the people who turn a blind eye to it.